• Marcy Farrey

indieland's 30 Days of Christmas - Day 5 - Chicago Indie Weekend Guide, Holiday Edition! Nov30-Dec1

Discover and support independent and small businesses this holiday season!

This weekend, we welcome in December! That means its really time to get into the holiday spirit, and no better way to do that than attending one of many holiday markets and events happening this weekend! The best part: going to these events will help you support your community and indie businesses, so forgot about counting calories and dollars -- this is for a good cause! (Or at least that's how I'll be justifying my indulgence!)

5th Annual Winter Walk on Wilson

Friday, November 30, 5PM-8PM

The 5th Annual Winter Walk on Wilson is a free event featuring treats, warm drinks, and menu samples from Uptown businesses and organizations, accompanied by live holiday music! The winter walk takes place along Wilson from Clark to Sheridan, and you can view a list of businesses to stop in at the link above. This year’s event will also feature the Chicago Market's Holiday Pop-Up Market at their new home inside the historic Gerber Building. View a complete list of vendors on the Facebook event page. You're sure to find some great holiday gifts and treats!

16th Annual Holiday Sale and Show at Lincoln Square Pottery Studio - Learning Center

Saturday, December 1 6PM-10PM

Lincoln Square Pottery Studio – Learning Center hosts its 16th Annual Holiday Sale and Show that will showcase the newest work from their students. You'll find hand-made mugs, bowls, platters, and more from this local artists! All make for great gifts or will look great on your holiday table. The show will feature more than 40 shelves and display areas of ceramic artwork, so plan to spend some time picking out the perfect piece!

Chicago Artisan Market

Sunday, December 2 10AM-4PM

The Chicago Artisan Market returns this Sunday, just in time to help kick off your holiday shopping season! The market will be held at Morgan Manufacturing in the heart of Fulton Market. The Chicago Artisan Market describes itself as a curated marketplace that "celebrates the ingenuity of independent, small businesses who channel their creative passions into one-of-a-kind designs, home goods, art and food." We can get behind that! Tickets are $8 if you buy them in advance online, or $10 at the door. Kids under 12 are free, and there is a kids zone that will help you keep the whole family entertained.

Neighborhood Events

There are also a few neighborhood holiday festivals happening this weekend, which I posted about earlier this week as part of Indieland's 30 Days of Christmas. But as a refresher, here's a quick recap of what's happening this Saturday and Sunday. View full descriptions and all upcoming festivals in our Day 3 post.

Holidays on the Square - Logan Square

Saturday, December 1

Holidays on the Square (HOTS) is Logan Square's "annual multi-location kick-off to the winter holidays." Participating small businesses and not-for-profits in Logan Square will have special events, deals, treats, and a variety of activities. You can view a list of participating businesses at the link above, and also follow their Facebook page for features and updates.

Roscoe Village Winterfest

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2

Shops in Roscoe Village will stay open on Saturday night for late night shopping from 5 to 9 PM. On Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 PM, bring the whole family for children’s activities, caroling, a holiday trolley, and a visit with Santa Claus!

Hyde Park Holly-Day Celebration

Saturday, December 1, 10 AM-5 PM

A full day of holiday fun is planned for Hyde Park on December 1. Events include holiday movies, cookie decorating, crafts, caroling, ice carving demonstrations, and even live reindeer! Check out the schedule.

Shop Jarvis Square

Saturday, December 1, 10AM-5PM

Check out Jarvis Square in Rogers Park for their annual holiday shopping bazaar. The event features over 30 artist and artisan vendor booths, which are located inside multiple business venues that will also offer food, beverages, and gifts. It all takes place at the intersection of Jarvis and Greenview.

Let us know of any upcoming events supporting independents -- send an email to ourindieland@gmail.com.

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